3 tight ends I’d love the Miami Dolphins to do their homework on
By Matt Serniak
Irv Smith Jr. would give the Miami Dolphins major upside at the tight end position.
I’ve seen Irv Smith Jr. have games where he was basically unguardable. I’ve watched him make incredible plays. Then, I watched him be absolutely nonexistent in the passing game. I guess that will happen when you have Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and Kassim Osgood.
Make no mistake, Irv Smith Jr. is a major boom or bust type of player. When he plays, he can be a real difference-maker. The thing is, it seems like he is never healthy. Last year he only played in 8 games with only one of them being a game he started in. He only had 182 yards on 25 catches.
He’s definitely more of a pass-catching, modern-day tight end but he is a guy that has helped Dalvin Cook break off some big runs. You can put him out there and it doesn’t completely scream pass.
If you bring in a guy like Irv Smith Jr., you need to have guys behind him that can go. No way he is your true, bonafide number 1 tight end. That means Durham Smythe if they keep him which I think they will, and others need to be in place to be there for if and when Smith Jr. goes down.
I realize it would be very on-brand for the Miami Dolphins to sign a guy who is often hurt. I can see the jokes and responses from the Miami faithful. But the upside is really good. You pair a guy with Irv Smith Jr.’s ability with Hill and Waddle and you have a fierce passing attack potentially better than what we saw last year. Maybe a change of scenery, a South Beach type of scenery, is what can unlock Irv’s potential.